C’est La Vie- 24 Hours in Paris

As Wednesday’s are usually the day I write on something travel related I’ve combined this with the fantastic competition Accor Hotels are currently running entitled ‘Accor Hotels 24 hrs’ in short (Advertised on their twitter), they want to hear from US bloggers on what we’d do with 24 hours in our favourite cities in the chance (and hope) to win a 9 night stay across Europe for 2 people. That sounds pretty fantastic right? Well without further a do I present my tuppence on what I’d do with 24 hours in Paris.

A visit to the City of Lights is a challenging task for any art lover like myself. We are spoilt for choice with the likes of the Louvre, Musee D’Orsay , and the Musee de l’Orangerie. As a History of Art Grad my first stop in Paris would of course be the Louvre. But I’m sure we’re sensible enough to realise we probably need to stomach some breakfast before taking on such a terrific museum. Le Fumoir faces the front of the Louvre  (eastern facade) and is perfect for grabbing a croissant and coffee to get your day started in style. Have a look at their menu here to stir those tastebuds. When you’ve tackled your Croissant you’ll be ready for the Louvre.

I’d recommend prebooking tickets to skip the line as when in a tad of a rush this will save us hours! I will warn you though, with only an hour or so aside for the Louvre I’d skip the collections you’re less fussed about and head to the 19th Century French Art. Here you can envelop yourself in Delacroix or Gericault.

If this is your first time to Paris you’ll of course want to view the Mona Lisa- but here’s a little insider tip, turn your back to Mona (The cheeky minx with those taunting eyes) and view one of the most beautiful Venetian paintings by Veronese. The sheer size of this piece can put other paintings to shame is one which inspired Napoleon to create such large murals of himself.

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Once you’re fed up of the hustle and bustle of the Louvre, head out (don’t worry you’ll be back later to view the stunning building at night-time as a little insider tip). Head onwards for a stroll along the Seine to gather and calm yourself before hitting the next gallery.

The Musee D’Orsay is not only a beautiful building itself (a former railway station) but it hosts some of France’s most precious art to complete your Art Education for the morning.

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Take a look at Manet’s Olympia and discover the Impressionist works to complete your history of French Art.

Time for lunch you say? No problem. Head to my most favourite spot to find food (that isn’t ridiculously priced) the Rue de la Huchette. They have every type of food here from traditional French cuisine to chips! This street is extremely focused towards tourist trade so in no way am I saying that this is the place to get an authentic French experience, because it’s not. If you are however looking for somewhere to eat, a little more relaxed with extremely competitive prices then et voila!

Now how to spend your afternoon? I think it’s time to hit the shops. Your mind has been stimulated now for your purse. Paris is HEAVEN for any shopping lover. With the Champs-Élysées you can feel your site seeing and discover all the best shops Paris has to offer. This 1.9 kilometres long street, runs between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe is located. From Tiffanys to Gucci, Disney to GAP there is something for everyone down here.

If you’re not a fan of street shopping, why not hit the most beautiful department store I’ve ever seen? Galeries Lafayette. Located on  Boulevard Haussmann you can easily get the tube here and shop till your hearts content- DON’T FORGET TO LOOK UP!

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You’ve by now spent quite a few hours emptying your bank account so let’s do something a tad cheaper. After Dinner, my final new attraction I’d suggest and oh yes you’ll cringe… the Montparnasse Tower. Yep. The ugliest building in Paris. Yet I’m recommending it? Why I hear you ask? Well if you go up the tower you get the most beautiful view of Paris (minus the ugly building as you’re stood on it!) It really is a beautiful undisturbed view and has both in inside viewing area as well as an outside terrace (take a jacket as it can be windy!) One perk to this place is that is is so deftly quiet as most people hit the Eiffel Tower. So why not be ‘that guy’ who tries something a little different?

Finally, after you’ve grown tired (who am I kidding?) of looking over Paris’ views head to the Louvre at night. I said you’d be back didn’t I ;-)? You’ll find the stillness of this stunning building lit up by the most spectacular lights and the best part of all? You’ll pretty much have it to yourself!

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Have you packed your bags yet?

Violet x

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* This post is a submission for the 24 Hour In… Competition with www.accorhotels.com. *

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  1. What a beautiful blog you have! So happy i came across it! This is a great post thanks for sharing!

    Darriyan xo
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  2. So pretty, babe! I LOVE Paris!!
    xoxo, Vanessa
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  3. I really do love this! As a starting blogger myself and LOVER of finding new places, I’ve made a vow to myself that next year I’m going to take advantage of great flight rates…even if it’s only a day or two across seas. People think a day or two traveling is a waste, but I call it adventure. Great post, love! xx

    Kit | THINGS SHE LOVES

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  4. Such a great post. I’m going to Paris this April for my fourth time. I just love it. Also, that Montparnasse tip should be more well known! :]

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  5. Wow, what an amazing post! This makes me want to pack my bags instantly and spend all my dollars getting myself over to France! It looks like such a beautiful place, I would love to visit. Thanks for sharing your adventures, have a great day.

    xxxx from Emily // http://www.diamondsanddachshunds.weebly.com

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  6. Nice post! It looks like an amazing trip to Paris. Love the pictures. This is one of the cities i would love to visit again. My first time wasn’t a good experience.
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  7. This is really great! There’s so much to do in Paris but you got a lot of the good stuff in your 24 hours.

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  8. Really lovely post – I was actually just in Paris over the summer and did many of these things. I absolutely love the Musee D’Orsay!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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  9. I was in Paris a couple of months ago and your pictures are bringing back to many lovely memories.
    Looks like you had an amazing time!

    Vanessa x | http://www.springlilies.com

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  10. loved this post, beautiful pictures!

    Elle x

    http://www.ellemaryjane.co.uk

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  11. I have only been to Paris once but I really want to go back. I love this post.

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  12. I have never been to Paris before but I really want to visit it, your pictures are stunning! Your blog is always giving me so much inspo too, well done you for having such lovely content! x

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  13. Sounds like the perfect day in Paris! you’ve got me wanting to leave right now x

    Eleanor Frances | UK Style Blog

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  14. Wow, well if you do end up in Paris then you’re sorted ! I love the idea of going to the other tower ad getting a beautiful, quieter view of france, that’s a brilliant tip that I hadn’t heard before !

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  15. Nice ideas! Makes be want to go back to Paris!

    xx

    Claire from Dresscape

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  16. Wow great! I’ve read everything and it remaind me my paris trip…oh, I miss Paris! Great post, really 🙂
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  17. Ah I love Paris and am going back in just a few weeks; Great tips!

    Amy – http://fourcatsplusus.co.uk

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